Watching a bunch of comedy heroes simply going through the motions is a pretty depressing sight, and boy does Tower Heist deliver on that count.

Taking the obvious talents of the likes of Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy and then failing to make the most of them, this is a flick low on laughs and high on tedium.

Directed by Brett Ratner, the film establishes a premise that will no doubt resonate with a lot of audiences, as a gaggle of employees look to get back at their boss.

The group all work at a sumptuous New York housing tower, owned by rich businessman Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda), who also lives in the penthouse.

Turns out though that Shaw is not as wealthy as people thought, and was in fact ripping off the staff via their pension funds.

The staff eventually wise up, and led by tower manager Josh Kovacs (Stiller), they decide to rob the place, aided by career criminal Slide (Murphy).

Covering similar ground excavated by summer’s Horrible Bosses, the film clearly aims to turn out an Ocean’s 11 style piece (complete with an extra side of chuckles).

But the major problem is for the vast majority of the running time the jokes fall very, very flat and things are, to put it bluntly, boring.

There is some fun to be had – after all, a film teaming up the likes of Stiller and Murphy, along with Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni and Casey Affleck cannot be totally unwatchable (and indeed isn’t).

There are also a couple of neat set pieces involving a dangling car and a street parade that show flashes of inspiration.

But with a sluggish pace, a dull script and a real lack of standout funny moments, Tower Heist is a criminal waste of the talent involved.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.